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Old 05-17-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Bumper Torx removal advice

Hey all,

Picked up some oem tow hooks and would like to install this weekend. So that means removing the original torx bolts on the oem front bumper (I dont think its ever been removed). Any advice you guys have before I destroy anything/and or go on a killing spree would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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I have a 2001 and I wanted to remove mine and repainted it, we'll 3 out if the 6 bolts snapped off right in the frame, and I haven't started getting them out, cause I have no idea how to, lol. I live in Michigan so it seems like every bolt I try to loosen up I have issues with. Everything is original and had never been removed.hooe that don't happen to you, my impact gun removed the 3 that I actually got out, really nit that tough, you can try a breaker bar to get them started then ratchet them out. Good Luck!!

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Spray liberally with penetrating oil, and use an impact with the correct sized torx bit, keep firm pressure down on it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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Use a T55 torx bit on the oe bolts. A T55 uses a 3/8 drive but that size ratchet wrench isn't enough to get those particular bolts out. I would use a 1/2" drive breaker bar with a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter to break those bolts loose which can be tight or even seized if your roads are salted. Spraying the bolts with Liquid Wrench, PB-BLASTER, Break Free, or Kroil (don't bother trying WD40) a couple times before the job starts can help.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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Spray it every day or so for a week or two with your favorite penetrating lube.
I sprayed mine every 3 days for about 2 weeks, then grabbed my 1/2" breaker bar, and they all came out rather easily, considering they had been there for 10+ years.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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You are also going to need longer bolts. You can get grade 8 hex head bolts from Lowes or other store. I don't remember the size but you can match them up.

You can get hooks from a lot of places. They are a standard hole pattern. OEM ones are on ebay all the time and Harbor Freight, Tractor Supply and the internet have plenty of other hooks
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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I did mine 2 years ago, and I was successful starting out with a hand held impact driver and a lot of lube. If the bolt does not move with a breaker bar, forcing it will almost assure that is snaps. The impact tool cannot over torque the bolt while giving it a chance to release.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
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Heat the bolt up. I used a little butane torch I had, then with a regular socket wrench I got them off. Heat is always they key for me when messing with tough bolts.
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Just pb blast it each day before and after work for a few days. Then at time of removal use a long bar. I ended up with a 4 foot bar and still had to throw my weight into it.
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Thanks for all the feedback. Really appreciate it. I have the oem longer bolts that came with the oem hooks. Ill pick up some lube and try that first. And if they dont come out easily then ill have to think about it. I dont have a garage or many tools. Thanks again.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #11
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Wow! So that was ridiculously easy.... Took me longer to wait in line and buy the torx bit than it did to install the hooks, no joke. I dont think i even needed the penetrating oil... Sorry, i feel kinda guilty after hearing your horror stories... The original bolts came out with almost no effort and had zero rust. I have a 98, folks.


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To also not make anyone feel bad with their horror stories is that when I mounted my new bumper all mine came off with no lube and no problem. Keep in mind my dad is a bit anal with cleaning his vehicles(and he owned it originally) and it is only 7 years old.
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Wow! So that was ridiculously easy.... Took me longer to wait in line and buy the torx bit than it did to install the hooks
Good to hear!

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